Why You Should Sign Up For Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule

 

Yes, it sounds like it would be really cool to be a music producer but, we assure you, there’s so much more to this new-age career than meets the eye. Given that Project Mynt is committed to encouraging Gen-Z to explore and, hopefully, pursue unconventional jobs, the first thing we need to do is to generate awareness about the mindset and the workflow of a music producer. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not an assembly line-like process, and neither is it easy. 

Moreover, we believe that the typical entrant or aspirant to this industry suffers from a lack of understanding, not only with regards to protocol, but also the definition of the role of a music producer. 

Given that there’s actually a very large chunk in the demographic at the level of the uninformed and uncounselled aspirant who is seeking out information to cement their inclination towards music production, we saw the need for this course. Every producer worth their salt will vouch for it; there’s a shocking lack of resources available to absolute beginners, and veterans say that it would have been beneficial to have had the opportunity to enroll for a course like this in the nascent stages of their own careers.

Though it’s designed as a very brief introduction, our carefully-curated curriculum definitely serves as a gateway to an informed critical first step.

What’s in the curriculum? 

Structured over six weeks, the curriculum for the EMP capsule course aims to present the requirement(s), need and path of a music producer and works towards setting expectations in terms of what one needs to do to begin to develop the mindset this journey requires. 

Our approach involves outlining the tools that are currently available, and what these can become in the hands of an able producer. We want our students to define and challenge their limits, and begin the process of identifying and creating a personality that will influence the way they look at music-making. Forever. musi

If you think that Electronic Music Production could be your next thing, head to www.projectmynt.com for more details.

A Lesson On The Importance Of Self-Belief By Srijan Mahajan

This is a three-part story on self belief, one that began when I was still in school. I started playing the keyboard when I was about eight or nine-years-old, and spent the next five-seven years learning everything I could about the instrument. Then, when I got to class 9, a few of my musician friends and I wanted to form a band. You see, the school I attended had an annual Founder’s Day (School Birthday in our school) and we had wanted to perform at it for as long as I could remember. The only problem? We were missing a drummer. 

Till one day I saw that the same school where I’d been learning the keys also organised drum classes. On an absolute whim, I decided to give it a shot so we could complete the band. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself without realising  that was the first day of the rest of my life. You see, the minute I held the drum sticks in my hand, I had already begun a journey that would take me around the world, playing gigs with many bands, including Parikrama. Needless to say, I also performed at the Founder’s Day. 

Act II

In 2012, I began accepting music production offers but there was a catch: I had no clue how to produce music. A fellow musician and friend, Arsh Sharma would sit in a little corner in his parent’s house learning and he would teach me how to make music. It was here that we went on to record bands and also produce some of our own songs, together as Fuzzculture, with Arsh guiding me the whole way. A few months later, another friend of mine, Nikhil Malik told me that someone he knew was making a movie and needed music for it that he was going to have to produce. Again, on a whim, I pitched the idea of the three of us getting together to do it, instead. By some chance, Nikhil agreed and that right there was the beginning of Studio Fuzz. Together, we worked on the background score for a full-length feature film, MCream when we didn’t have the slightest clue how we’d get it done. What we did know was how to say ‘yes’. 

Third time lucky? 

In 2015, I got curious about making photographs, and decided to make 365 great photographs, one for every day of 2016. This challenge led to me shooting constantly, getting better at photography and, eventually, even getting offered professional photography assignments and a music video–all of which, yep you guessed it, I said ‘yes’ to.

Back to the present

A few days ago, on a particularly rainy and grey morning (the ones that are perfect for a little bit of regression or a pause, if you may), I realised that the one thing that was common between my best work, over a 15-year period,  was that I had no idea how to do it at the time that I decided to do it. In retrospect, learning on the job has contributed entirely to my evolution as both a person and an artist. If I hadn’t said yes to any of those projects, I wouldn’t have learnt to do any of the things I do every day, and my life would’ve looked very, very different. 

So, say yes! I’m sure you’ll figure it out (whatever ‘it’ is)  as you go along. 

 

Student Speak – What the first batch of Project Mynt’s music production capsule have to say

The entire song production process over six fulfilling weeks – our Music Production capsule has been curated to show students how to leverage existing tools and technology to make music. The curriculum is an overview of the key aspects of the production process, starting from the fundamentals of sound and music theory to the core processes applied within digital audio workstations. Having completed the first round of capsules, we decided to stop telling you why you should sign up for our immersive courses. Instead, we asked our students what they thought of this one-of-a-kind education experience. Here’s a gist of what they had to say:

Udit Godyal, student – Music Production capsule 

“It (the course) was really amazing since I was able to get answers to all my questions and know exactly what I wanted to learn. For me, that was a desire to understand how the music industry works and how to get into the scene. The faculty was really good and made everything easily digestible with their fun, interactive method of teaching.” 

Naman Keshri, student – Music Production capsule 

“The six-day experience was like a sneak peak into the next phase of my life. If the field of music is full of grand and beautiful trees, Gaurav Chintamani sir gave me the seeds of those trees. I am planting what I learnt every day since I completed the capsule course so I can keep growing with music and also make it sound mine. Sir is a universe of information and one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever met, his words gave me chills – they have so much weight and worth! He used the simplest things which together sounded so complex. 

In fact, the most surprising thing about my experience was learning about the music-making process. Seeing how synthesisers work, mixing, music theory, gathering sounds from your surroundings atmosphere and making music out of it – by the time Gaurav sir mixed a song made by my friend, I discovered a “oneness” where all the elements have their own significance but together they make music. The capsule course connected music to the deepest level, by tapping into my state of mind. 

Electronic Music Production is definitely my next thing. Being a songwriter and the vocalist of a band, I found that it is the way to make my music bigger and to bring out my feelings and ideas together in the greatest possible form.”

Garv Grover, student – EMP capsule 

“As someone who’s been producing music for about two-three years now, there were definitely some gaps in my own understanding that I needed to fill with professional guidance and mentoring. Over the duration of the course, not only did I learn a great deal about music production but also about the kind of personality and approach a music producer should have.  

One of the most special experiences was watching my own composition evolve to a whole other level when Gaurav sir mixed it to demonstrate the essentials of mixing music. I  believe that was the best way to conclude the entire Music Production programme. 

The course also showed me that Mr. Gaurav Chintamani is the mentor I always needed yet never had. After the very first session, I felt as though the huge roadblocks in my understanding of music were all being cleared. It’s been more than a month since the last session but I still find myself thinking “What would Gaurav sir do if he were in my place?” when I encounter a problem.  

Simply put, it’s been a hell of a ride.”

To find out if music production is your next thing, join us for our EMP capsule starting on the 24th of August at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. 

Know Your Mentor : Gaurav Chintamani | Electronic Music Production

Want to know the man behind the music production capsule course at Project Mynt? SAE alumni, Gaurav Chintamani is the Course Director of the Audio Engineering and Music Production Programme at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC). Gaurav is also a professional musician and music producer who has been working in the industry for close to two decades.

Gaurav Chintamani owns Quarter Note Studios, one of the most reputed recording studios and music production houses in New Delhi, and has produced content for a variety of projects from radio and TV broadcast, independent documentaries, short films, ad-films, theatre productions and feature films. Gaurav is also a member of Advaita, one of India’s best-known music ensembles.

The most crucial skill for a music producer is…

To know the difference between taste and bias, and develop the ability to listen without the latter and take decisions based on the former.

The best piece of advice you have ever gotten

“Don’t mistake sloppiness for feel” and “If you don’t like it, how will you make other people like it?”

The biggest roadblock you encountered during your professional career, and how you overcame it      

I face the same insecurity as every other creative person where I wonder is this/am I good enough? The only way to overcome it is to practice! 

A good producer is…

Someone who can find emotion in a musical statement and squeeze out the mileage, while being completely invisible. Remember, people need to hear the song, not the production.

A mentor that dramatically changed your perspective on music and music production

Not really but I am fascinated by artists, and Van Gogh is my absolute favourite. I think I’ve figured out more about music production by looking at paintings than sitting in front of a computer screen. 

A word to the incoming batch of your music production capsule

Paraphrasing a Japanese proverb, “Don’t be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.”

Learn how to produce your own music with Gaurav Chintamani at Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule this August. Click here to know more

 

Five Recording Studios in Delhi that are perfect for Amateurs

It can be pretty intimidating to take the plunge and record your first song but the right studio can make all the difference. With testimonials from Project MyNT co-founder and the drummer of Parikrama, Srijan Mahajan, we’ve put together a list of the five best music recording studios in Delhi to record your first song at. Marked by solid infrastructure, the support of gifted producers and good vibes only, these spaces are amateur-friendly so that all you need to carry with yourself is your song and a little bit of faith.

 

Quarter Note Studios

Located in a quiet residential colony in South Delhi, Quarter Note has an amazing sounding room, a great collection of mics, and fantastic coffee. Some of India’s best indie musicians have recorded their music at this legendary studio that has been around since the early 2000s, and the space certainly feels special. If you’re looking for a space that will inspire creativity, and a hit song, this is the place to check out.

Testimonial: “I have recorded two full albums here, and had the best time with Gaurav Chintamani,the owner. Brutally honest, he’s always given me constructive criticism and pushed me to deliver better sounding takes that, despite being jarring to some, worked very well for me. The veteran producer runs Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication’s audio program, and is also a facilitator of the Electronic Music Production capsule at Project MyNT.”

Where: Basement, A-196, Shivalik Colony, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, 110017

Connect with Quarter Note Studios here.

 

Ferris Wheel Studios

Gurgaon’s Ferris Wheel Studios is the perfect place to collaborate; you can connect with industry professionals–from songwriters to vocalists and producers–at this studio, if you need a little extra help. Although it’s a little out of the way, Ferris Wheel’s amazing rooms and infrastructure make it worth the trek (if you’re based in New Delhi). This is the go-to studio for most independent artists in the capital, at the moment.

Testimonial: “Having recorded a bunch of times here, I can safely say this is one of the most professional studios in Delhi NCR. Equipped with painstakingly-designed and meticulously-executed live and control rooms, multiple segregated spaces and some great gear, it is a world class studio.”

Where: 59/60, 2nd Floor, Old Judicial Complex, Sector-15/Civil Lines, Gurugram, Haryana 122001

Connect with Ferris Wheel Studios on Facebook, Instagram or their website.

 

Ghar ka Studios

The site where more than twenty albums have been produced, Ghar Ka Studios is run by seasoned independent musicians, Ritwik De and Amar Pandey. Facilities include high quality recordings, multi tracking, and three treated rooms for tracking/mixing and mastering, and it can be booked out for everything from recording and live tracking to mastering, production and composing background scores.

Testimonial: “I’ve heard great things about the dedication and out-of-the-box methods of those who run this space. Ritwik and Amar have produced some incredible-sounding albums.”

Where: Lado Sarai, Delhi, India 110030

Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram or drop them a line at gharkarecordsonline@gmail.com

 

Kintsugi Studios

Kintsugi Studios’ founder, Abhishek has done it up painstakingly so that it’s full of good vibes. It has a great control room, a lovely balcony and the recording room (while slightly small) does what its meant to. Abhishek also hosts Kintsugi Sessions regularly and invites people to play the songs they’ve recorded.

Testimonial: “Although I’ve never recorded here, I’ve worked with Abhishek and he’s awesome. Calm, composed and methodical, he manages to get what is required without raising his voice or losing his cool. He’s also the right person to talk to about video.”

Where: 80-D, 3rd Floor, Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi, 110025

Connect with Kintsugi Studios on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Katharas Studios

An independent art promotion wing of Saraswati Music College, Katharas Studios is centrally-located, has large audio recording studios with state-of-the-art equipment, a 1,400 sq. ft. video production facility and a 24-hour jamming station.

Testimonial: “ I’ve recorded a few songs here and, although the space is nice and the equipment is all there, you need to take a producer with you since their methods are a little old-school.”

Where: A-1, 226, Safdarjung Enclave, Block A 1, Nauroji Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029

Connect with them here.